Richard Haier

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Richard Haier is a racialist pseudoscientist who is a former president[1] of the International Society for Intelligence Research and currently Editor-in-chief of Intelligence,[2] a peer-reviewed journal that has controversially allowed proponents of hereditarianism and racialist pseudoscience to sit on its Editorial Board, as well as published papers by far-right authors, many associated with the Pioneer Fund.[3] Haier has often acted as an apologist for scientific racism,[4][5] and is sometimes named as a "respectable" advocate of pseudoscientific theories of race, IQ and genetics.[6]

Haier is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine. He has controversially allowed the Editorial Board of Intelligence to include Gerhard Meisenberg and Richard Lynn, both members associated with the racist pseudo-scholarly Mankind Quarterly, justifying his decision with the argument "I prefer to let the papers and the data speak for themselves."[7] However, both Meisenerg and Lynn have since been removed from the Editorial Board. In 1994, Haier was a signatory of Mainstream Science on IntelligenceWikipedia,[8] a statement which endorsed the hereditarianism worldview of The Bell Curve despite the SPLC noting that only 10/52 signatures were from psychologists who specialise in human intelligence, some not even qualified.[9]

In his book The Neuroscience of Intelligence, Haier promotes the claims that there is a real ability called "general intelligence", that compensatory education programs cannot meaningfully increase it,[10] and that it is strongly influenced by brain volume.[11] While superficially race-neutral, all of these are standard racialist claims to support the alleged genetic link between race and intelligence. The book also approvingly cites a large amount of "research" by grantees of the Pioneer Fund, including Arthur Jensen, Linda Gottfredson, and Thomas Bouchard.[12] Rather than explicitly advocating a racial hierarchy of intelligence with blacks at the bottom like Lynn or Emil Kirkegaard, Haier's book takes the more subtle approach of presenting various indirect arguments to support such a hierarchy, so that readers (his audience being "human-biodiversity" proponents) can infer the (implied) conclusion.

On Twitter, Haier has defended The Bell Curve[13] and regularly retweets material posted by Charles Murray,[14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21] considered a white nationalist by the SPLC.[22] Despite not personally attending the London Conference on Intelligence, he has shared a pro-eugenics, pro-Pioneer Fund article defending the conference.[23] He has published controversial articles defending Charles Murray in the right-wing online magazine Quillette.[24]